For the first time in the 32 years of Dick Wolf’s Law & Order franchise on NBC, all three shows that are currently on the air – Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order – will premiere in an unprecedented three-hour crossover block. The block, which interweaves the plotlines and casts from all three series, will be available to stream the next day on Peacock.
The story begins when a young girl is shot and Det. Frank Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) teams up with Det. Jalen Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) to track down her killer. Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called in to help. After uncovering key evidence, Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and ADA Nolan Price (Hugh Dancy) seek justice against an international crime ring, but complications threaten the outcome of their case.
The story starts with Law & Order: Organized Crime, starring Meloni, who co-starred with Hargitay on SVU for 12 years before taking a ten-year break. Organized Crime debuted on NBC in April 2021 with Meloni returning to the Law & Order franchise.
The story is then handed over to SVU, primetime’s longest-running live-action series, which is just starting season 24. The three-hour event concludes with Law & Order, which was revived last February after originally running for 20 seasons and ending in 2010.
“Nothing demonstrates the power of the Law & Order brand more than an ambitious three-hour event with a story that is truly ripped from the headlines that starts on Organized Crime, migrates to SVU and finally to the trial on Law & Order,” Wolf said in a statement. “I can’t think of a bigger and better way to launch the new season of Law & Order Thursday.”
“This unprecedented scheduling block is a tribute to all the Law & Order fans who’ve been watching this iconic brand for four decades on NBC,” said Lisa Katz, president, scripted programming, NBCU Television and Streaming.
The three-hour telecast was written by Rick Eid (Law & Order) and Gwen Sigan (Chicago P.D.). The first two hours are directed by Law & Order brand veteran Jean de Segonzac with Alex Hall (Law & Order, The Deuce) helming the final hour. The Law & Order brand is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.
The block airs Thursday, September 22 on NBC from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. Viewers who want to DVR the event, should set their systems to record all three shows to make sure they capture the entire block.
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